Plant Care Chinese Money Plant
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Chinese Money Plant

4.8 out of 5 (61 experiences)

Chinese Money Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Chinese Money Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

Also known as

pancake plant, UFO plant, lefse plant, missionary plant, bender plant and mirror grass

Taxonomy

Pilea peperomioides
Pilea
Urticaceae
Rosales

What other plant parents say

Chinese Money Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 44
Chinese Money Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 30
Chinese Money Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 26
Chinese Money Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 13
Chinese Money Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 7
Chinese Money Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 5
Chinese Money Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Chinese Money Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Drdrey avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Paul McCartney by Drdrey on Greg, the plant care app
04/03/2021

These are so cute and look amazing full and lush, as well as sparse and spikey. I have had some issues losing lots of leaves over the winter, and they can be quite delicate or just fussy (in my exper…

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@Teresa
Abingdon, VA
Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Beefsteak begonia by Teresa on Greg, the plant care app
03/14/2021

Beefsteak begonia is an easy plant to care for if you observe the leaves. Never water until her leaves begin to droop, then she gets a thorough soak. No standing water or the rhizome will rot. She li…

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@Lemonleaf
Lexington, KY
Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Penny ☆ by Lemonleaf on Greg, the plant care app
04/15/2021

One of my favs :) a very interesting and cute plant. Currently there are so many pups growing on my momma plant so I’m looking forward to having a bunch of little pileas! Does not like direct sun and…

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@Martin
New York, NY
Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Gloria by Martin on Greg, the plant care app
02/16/2021

I love the distinct shape of their leaves. Have only ever kept it close to a window. It thrived last summer and has survived winter so far (lost a few leaves). Can’t wait to see this one grow with sp…

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@Neeviez
Baltimore, MD
Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Mica by Neeviez on Greg, the plant care app
04/15/2021

The only real issue with piles is that it is constantly reproducing. My mama plant has pushed out a dozen pups. I am always giving them to friends or potting them up. It’s a major grower and pretty r…

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Meln808 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Penny by Meln808 on Greg, the plant care app
02/15/2021

This plant has given me several babies and stays green and beautiful. It has been super easy to care for and has received many compliments from visitors.

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@Lilyyandow
Bedford, NH
Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Khaleesi by Lilyyandow on Greg, the plant care app
02/16/2021

i’ve had my ups and downs with this plant but it seems to live through literally anything and it sprouts all over the place

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@Lalawilk365
McKinney, TX
Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Maximos by Lalawilk365 on Greg, the plant care app
03/13/2021

This plant is very finicky and need lots of water and indirect light. Best grown in front of a south facing window.

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@Colinm
Chandler, AZ
Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Gomez by Colinm on Greg, the plant care app
04/21/2021

Between the cool looking leaves and the high tolerance for missed waterings, it’s hard to go wrong with a pilea!

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Bayonne, NJ
Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Patty Cake by Plantsongb2be on Greg, the plant care app
02/21/2021

Pilea.com is so helpful and I loved their unique shape and how they spring to life with some sun and love

How to care for Chinese Money Plant

Water

How often to water your Chinese Money Plant

Water needs for Chinese Money Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese Money Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Diego, CA.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chinese Money Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Chinese Money Plant in San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

73% Medium

Growing Chinese Money Plant in San Diego right now

Light needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in San Diego, CA

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

April 22nd, 2021

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in San Diego is currently medium 👌.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determi…

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Light needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in San Diego, CA

Sunlight intensity will increase by 31.5% ☀️

April 22nd, 2021

San Diego is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Diego is expected to increase by 31.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 20.9 megajoules of energy per …

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Light needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in San Diego, CA

Daylight will increase by 1.7 hours 📈

April 22nd, 2021

This month, San Diego is getting an average of 10.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 14.6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 13.5 total hours of …

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Finding light for Chinese Money Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Money Plant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Chinese Money Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth..️

San Diego, CA currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Chinese Money Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese Money Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese Money Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Chinese Money Plant

Nutrient needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in San Diego, CA

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

April 16th, 2021

The growing potential in San Diego is high 📈.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any…

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Care Summary for Chinese Money Plant

Chinese Money Plant

Chinese Money Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in San Diego, CA, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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